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November 17, 2021

The Contest for the best cooperation plan/vision with RI/Academia has been implemented

On November 16, the Final online event of the contest announced for the promotion of "Business-Research Infrastructure (RI)" communication within the frames of the international “Transferring V4 expertise in knowledge/technology transfer” project was held. SMEs in Armenia interested in developing a research component in their business participated in the contest.
In the first stage of the Contest (before the Final event), the participants applied and presented their vision on cooperation with RI. The V4 experts evaluated their applications based on the criteria developed initially, and the best ones were presented during the Final event of the Contest.


Welcoming the participants of the Contest, ASUE Rector Diana Galoyan noted that the Armenian State University of Economics has been actively cooperating with companies interested in the project for more than a year, and is hopeful that the successful experience accumulated in the V4 countries will be applied to ASUE. "The project is very important for us, we have done our best to implement it and to support the target groups. Today we can confidently talk about positive outcomes, we can see how SMEs have developed their vision of cooperation, which will be a great stimulus for others"; Diana Galoyan stated.

Arpine Jraghatspanyan, project manager of ASUE International Relations Division, presented the 8 SMEs, which have presented their vision of cooperation with RI and overcame the 1st stage of the contest. She noted that the Contest aimed to develop and to gather the vision of cooperation of enterprises with representatives of the research infrastructure, which will later serve as a tool to strengthen the relations between them. According to ASUE representative, this will give an opportunity to ensure the sustainable development and advancement of SMEs, to support research companies in commercializing their research.

The 8 best participants of the 1st stage of the contest presented their visions of communication with the RI during the online meeting according to the agenda, answered the questions. According to the pre-developed assessment criteria, V4 experts summarized the outcomes of the contest and the names of the 3 best SMEs were announced.

Here are the winning companies: “Symphony of Nature”, “GebeCert” and “AIP Tech”.
“Symphony of Nature”, the first prize winner, will receive “development research and development (R&D) perspectives” by
Grant Thornton Armenia.
GebeCert”, the second prize winner, will receive market research to be done by CREO Project Solutions.
And AIP Tech”, the third prize winner, will receive business consulting (or business development training) from CREO Project Solutions.

The winning participants will also have the opportunity to sign agreements with the project's foreign and local partners to work with them over the next 3 years. 
 

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.